In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
6. Bruce Grobbelaar (56) is regarded as a Liverpool legend, having won no fewer than six English League titles, three FA Cups, three English League Cups, four Charity Shields, a European Cup and a European Super Cup during his 15-year spell at Anfield. The unconventional goalkeeper, who played for Vancouver Whitecaps and Crewe Alexandra before signing for the Reds, later pulled on the jerseys of several modest English outfits, including Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday. On the international stage, the Zimbabwean shot-stopper represented his nation in four consecutive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns.
7. Gilberto Silva (37) helped Brazil to recapture the World Cup at Korea/Japan 2002, where he took part in every one of his team’s matches. He also brandished the 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cups with the Seleção, and participated in the last two World Cups, at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. The tireless defensive midfielder turned professional at America Mineiro, prior to moving to Belo Horizonte rivals Atletico Mineiro, where he claimed the Minas Gerais State Championship. His displays attracted the attention of Arsenal, with whom he landed the English Premier League title, two FA Cups and two Community Shields, and picked up a runners-up medal in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final. Following his six-year stint in London, the Brazilian committed himself to Panathinaikos, where he secured the Greek title and Greek Cup. A return to Brazil saw Gilberto turn out for Gremio and Atletico Mineiro, again clinching the State Championship with his former club. In addition, Silva recently lifted the Copa Libertadores, which earned his side a berth at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup, due to be held in Morocco in December.
8. Antonio Cabrini (56) can look back with pride on the role he played in Italy’s triumphant 1982 World Cup campaign, during which he scored in his country’s second-round 2-1 victory over Argentina. The talented left-back had previously competed at Argentina 1978 and UEFA EURO 1980, where La Nazionale finished fourth on both occasions. He would later appear at Mexico 1986. Cabrini started out at Cremonese, before starring for Atalanta and Juventus, enjoying great success with the latter. In thirteen seasons in Turin, the Italian international scooped six Serie A Championships, two Italian Cups, a European Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup, a UEFA Cup, a European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. After seeing out the remainder of his playing career at Bologna, he moved into coaching, taking the reins at Arezzo, Crotone, Pisa, Novara and of the Italian women’s national team, his current position.
9. Modeste M'Bami (31) was part of the Cameroon squad that emerged victorious from the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at Sydney 2000. The combative midfielder also appeared at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup and reached the final of the 2003 Confederations Cup. He came through the ranks at Cameroonian outfit Dynamo Douala, but rose to prominence with French side Sedan. Their relegation saw him put pen to paper with Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he twice hoisted the French Cup, before embarking on stints at Marseille and Spanish club Almeria. Now at Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, M’Bami held aloft the King Cup of Champions at the end of last season, a success that gained the Jeddah-based team a spot in the AFC Champions League.
10. Xherdan Shaqiri (22) has had an extraordinary year with Bayern Munich, adding winners’ medals in the Bundesliga, German Cup, German Super Cup, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup to his footballing CV. Originally a product of Basel’s youth academy, the skilful winger sewed up three Swiss League crowns and two Swiss Cups with the RotBlau’s senior side before trying his luck in Germany. Shaqiri represented Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup and the UEFA European U-21 Championship, where his nation finished in second place.
11. Mauricio Victorino (31) has been involved in some of Uruguay’s greatest achievements in recent times, sealing fourth place at the 2010 World Cup and lifting the 2011 Copa America. At club level, the imposing defender gained three Uruguayan League titles during two separate spells with Nacional. He has also defended the colours of Veracruz, Universidad de Chile and current employers Cruzeiro, with whom he won the Campeonato Mineiro.
12. Ledley King (33) will forever be a firm favourite among the Tottenham Hotspur faithful, despite being forced into early retirement through persistent injuries. The solid centre-back remained a loyal servant to the London club throughout his career, making over 300 appearances and scoring 15 goals. King played in three English League Cup finals, getting his hands on the trophy in 2008. At international level, he starred for England in every youth category, and participated in the 2004 UEFA European Championship and the 2010 World Cup with the Three Lions' senior team.